Former Australian International Dean Jones was left shocked after Pakistan pacers Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were snubbed in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s latest central contracts list for the next 12-month period.
Jones, while reacting to the groundbreaking news on Twitter, regarded the exclusions as ‘bizarre’.
“With 2 x T20 World Cups in a short time? Bizarre,” Jones tweeted.
However, Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbahul Haq clarified that the aforementioned fast bowlers are still in contention for national selection.
“The selectors have made the tough decisions to leave out Amir, Hasan and Wahab but considering Hasan missed most of the season due to an injury and Amir and Wahab decided to focus on white-ball cricket, this was the right move,” said Misbah in a press release issued by the PCB.
“However, Amir and Wahab are senior and experienced bowlers and they remain in contention as we believe they can still contribute to the Pakistan men’s cricket team and also mentor our young battery of fast bowlers,” he added.
Hasan was ruled out of home Tests against Sri Lanka last year after CT scans revealed cortical rib fractures, involving ninth rib on the right side and eighth and ninth ribs on the left side.
Amir retired from Tests last year, in order to manage his workload and extend his white-ball career. Wahab followed suit in September, taking an “indefinite break” from red-ball cricket.